The Popular cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar, passed away yesterday at his residence in Mumbai. He was 87 years old and had been battling old age-related ailments for the past few days. Mr. Ramakant Achrekar was one of the pre-eminent features of Mumbai cricket culture.
Mr. Ramakant Achrekar was the cricket coach of Sachin Tendulkar who shaped Sachin’s career in the field of cricket. Apart from cricket he also built the career of many other cricketers including Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Lalchand Rajput, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Ajit Agarkar, Paras Mhambrey and Ramesh Powar.
Sachin Tendulkar was introduced to Mr Ramakant Achrekar by his elder brother Ajit at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Ramakant Achrekar used to take Sachin Tendulkar to various grounds for cricket practice and if Sachin used to perform well, he used to reward him with a Vada pav. The relation between Sachin Tendulkar and was a Guru – Shishya relationship.
He also founded the Kamath Memorial Cricket Club at Shivaji Park in Dadar and continued to guide budding youngsters till he had a paralytic attack in the late 1990s. He was considered to be among the most selfless coaches in local cricket. Besides grooming cricketers, he also focused on discipline that many cricketers have developed in their life. He was honoured with Padmashri Award in the year 2010 and Dhronacharya award in the year 1990.
According to the official, the statement that Sachin wrote was “Cricket in heaven will be enriched with the presence of Achrekar Sir”. Sachin Tendulkar said in a condolence statement, “Like many of his students, I learnt my ABCD of cricket under Sir’s guidance. His contribution to my life cannot be captured in words. He built the foundation that I stand on”.
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By giving condolence in the tweeter, BCCI said, “the BCCI expresses its deepest sympathy on the passing of Dronacharya award-winning guru Shri Ramakant Achrekar. Not only did he produce great cricketers, but also trained them to be fine human beings. His contribution to Indian Cricket has been immense.”